India of the East From Kolkata to the Himalayas
India of the East From Kolkata to the Himalayas
Explore the raw beauty of Eastern India as you meander your way from the delightful and historical city of Kolkata, and get lost in a world of outstanding landscapes in the remote Sikkim. Learn about the fascinating history of the British Raj and you sail the Hooghly River and discover Kolkata’s iconic monuments, before heading out to mountains. Become lost in the ancient Buddhist monasteries of Sikkim, and learn about the local culture from traditional and Indigenous villages, before reaching the summit of Tiger Hill, where you will be delighted at the awe inspiring views of the Himalayas.
Day 1: Arrive Kolkata
Today you’ll arrive in Kolkata, where you will be greeted by one of our local tour representatives and escorted to your hotel. There, you’ll experience firsthand the old-fashioned charm of authentic Indian hospitality. Kolkata, more than other cities in India, has been greatly influenced by the cultural society of the British Raj. To this day, many British colonial buildings still stand, and British influence can be clearly observed in the social life and sports culture of the city.Some of the famous architectural structures that you will visit include: the British Taj Mahal and the Howrah Bridge, (one of the largest cantilever bridges on the planet), and the Victoria Memorial, which was planned by the Viceroy Curzon and is sometimes referred to as “Curzon’s Folly.” You’ll have the evening free to relax at your hotel, and get ready for an exciting day of adventures tomorrow.
Day 2: Kolkata
You’ll start off your day with a trip to Kolkata’s hectic, brightly colored, and aromatic flower markets, where every day the locals trade huge volumes of beautiful fresh flowers. A bit later, you’ll take a cruise on the Hooghly River, where you will gaze upon the many ghats, temples and markets that line its banks. In the afternoon, you’ll tour the Marble Palace, an opulent mansion that is home to a wide variety of paintings,statues, and other eclectic artifacts. Your day ends with a visit to the South Park Cemetery, the burial ground of many of the early British colonists.
Day 3: To Gangtok (via Bagdogra)
This morning you’ll fly to Bagdogra and then drive onward to the remote city of Gangtok which is located in the state of Sikkim. On the way, you’ll pass through an amazing and picturesque mountain range that offers incredible views of the entire Kanchenjunga Himilayas.Once you arrive in this refreshing alpine city, you’ll have the rest of your day to enjoy on your own.The garden at your hotel was once the favorite spot of the king of Sikkim who would spend hours there painting. You are walking distance from M.G. Road, where you will find many cafés, bars, and restaurants to spend your time at.
Day 4: Gangtok
Today you’ll visit one of the most important of the six monasteries in the Sikkim region, the Phodong Monastery. It is home to a magnificent collection of woodcarvings and intricately painted murals. Afterwards, you’ll continue to the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, a center of learning that is dedicated to researching Mahayana Buddhism, and studying the Tibetan language and its cultural traditions.
Day 5: To Pelling
Today you’ll visit Pelling where you will explore a multitude of Buddhist sites that pay homage to Guru Rinpoche, the man who introduced Buddhism to Tibet. When you get to the top floor of the Pemayangste Monastery, you will discover an amazingly realistic 7-tiered model of Guru Rinpoche’s house. The village of Pelling sits at 6,250 feet, which allows its visitors an unobstructed view of the magnificent peak of Kangchenjuna, which, at 28,169 feet makes it the third highest mountain on the planet.Later, you’ll be free to take a leisurely walk around the town, soaking in the culture of the indigenous Limboo people who live in petite, castle-like homes that boast gorgeous balconies and galleries.
Day 6-8: To Darjeeling
This morning you’ll make a visit to the Pemayangste Monastery, which the second oldest in Sikkim. You’ll be amazed and awe-inspired as you gaze upon its immense prayer hall and the ornate ceilings and walls that have been adorned with beautiful thangkas and painted with jaw-dropping murals. Later, you’ll have a lovely trip to Khecheopari Lake, quietly nestled in a peaceful valley of verdant rolling hills and dotted by vibrantly colored prayer flags that gently flap in the breeze. While in Darjeeling, you’ll have the opportunity to see a famous collection of scriptures at the Ghoom Monastary built in 1875 as an important Buddhist temple. You’ll end your day with a visit to Tiger Hill, a site that provides unforgettable scenic views of Kangchenjunga, Everest, Makalu and Lhotse.
Day 9: To Kolkata (via Bagdogra)
This morning you’ll be returning to Bagdogra and catching a flight back to Kolkata. You’ll have the afternoon and evening free to enjoy this former British stronghold, and to rest up for your travels tomorrow.
Day 10: Depart Kolkata
You’ll be picked up at your hotel and transported to the airport for your onward journey.
- Private arrival and departure airport transfers to and from your hotel
- All planning, handling and operational charges
- Accommodation based on double occupancy
- Privately guided sightseeing in air-conditioned vehicle (exceptions may apply)
- Services of Professional English-Speaking Guide(s) and/or Tour Escort as detailed in your itinerary
- All entrance fees mentioned in itinerary
- Elephant ride in Jaipur/ Rickshaw ride in Delhi/Boat ride in Udaipur
- Other inclusions as noted in your itinerary
Upon request, your travel consultant can provide an exact price based on your specific dates of travel. Holiday Supplements may apply. Single Supplements and Solo Traveler rates are available upon request.
- International and internal region airfare, unless otherwise stated
- Meals other than those mentioned in itinerary
- The cost of personal items such as laundry, drinks with meals or otherwise, additional incidentals, etc.
- Airport Security Charges if levied by any airport to cover the cost of security arrangements and payable locally and Airport Departure Taxes (if applicable)
- Optional and additional sightseeing not included in itinerary
- Cost of obtaining passports or required visas where necessary
- Any fees associated with using air miles for your air travel
- Transport between your home and home airport/port/station
- Gratuities unless stated in “What Your Land Price Includes”
- Travel Protection Insurance
- Other inclusions if not noted under “Includes”